Seed Bead American Flag

American Flag Beaded Safety Pin

photo of beaded pinsThings Needed:
  • 12 size 2 safety pins
  • 1 size 3 safety pin
  • Seed beads in red, white, and blue
  • Pliers
  • Flat headed tool, like a screwdriver

1. Start your American flag beaded safety pin by following the bead pattern shown below right. Each column on the pattern represents one of the size 2 safety pins, with red, white, or blue beads threaded on it. Begin with the color on the top of the pattern, and thread that bead on the safety pin first. You may find some beads have an opening that is too small for the pin, but most should fit. When you are finished loading the beads, close each pin. Continue with each pin, following the pattern. Below the pattern photo is a text version of the pattern in case you cannot see the photo. photo of American flag pattern

Text Version of Pattern:

Pins are going left to right; the bead order is the top bead first and moving down the pattern, the same way you would thread it on to the pin.

Pin 1: 7 blue, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red
Pin 2: 7 blue, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red
Pin 3: 7 blue, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red
Pin 4: 7 blue, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red
Pin 5: 7 blue, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red
Pin 6: 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red
Pin 7: 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red
Pin 8: 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red
Pin 9: 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red
Pin 10: 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red
Pin 11: 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red
Pin 12: 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red, 1 white, 1 red

2. Open your large safety pin. Using a flat head screwdriver, wedge the flat head in between the safety pin loop at the bottom of the pin.photo of pin loop open Once inserted, twist the screwdriver to pry the loop open a little, as shown. The goal is to be able to have enough room to allow each #2 safety pin to be threaded through this loop to the other side. 3. Thread each #2 safety pin's loop onto the big safety pin. Thread it around the large pin's loop to get it onto the other side of the pin. This way, when you wear the pin, none of the pins will slide off. This is a little harder than it looks. You may need to experiment with the #2 safety pin orientation at first, but once you get the hang of it you will be putting on the safety pins in the right direction and order easily.photo of threading pins When you are all done, use some pliers to scrunch down the big safety pin's loop tight again. You are all ready to wear your American flag beaded safety pin!

Questions from Others

Seed Bead Size Question

by Renee

Long Island, NY

"I think this is the nicest pattern yet. I want to do it in a summer class group and I am concerned about the beads. I need to order in bulk online and my question is how do I know the beads will fit on the pins? Does 'seed beads' mean a bead that comes in a particular standard size? I have been looking at bead sites and some have sizes listed. What size do I need? Do I buy the ones on the 'hank' and how many beads is on a hank" I need about 3000 of red, 2300 blue and 1500 white. Any guidance you can give me would be appreciated. Thanks!"

photo of screwdriver in pin photo of American flag pin
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